PR: I crave food in general. I have to have something before I run, and I have to eat as soon as I come back. I've always got energy bars or nuts or fruit or something in my bag. My main craving has been Marmite -- it's a spread for toast.
KG: I've been craving dairy. Cheese and yogurt -- I don't know why. My husband told my strength coach that I've been keeping Ben & Jerry's in business.
Has your training changed?
KG: The intensity is so much less. Track sessions now are fun. Instead of doing 8 x 1600, we're doing 200s, or if I am doing mile repeats, they're on an AlterG [antigravity treadmill, which reduces the body weight of the runner]. We're working out twice a day, but it's not like we're going to the well every time. In the morning I'm running an easy 45 minutes to an hour, and in the afternoon I'm just on the elliptical for 30 minutes. I also have access to an underwater treadmill. I think I'm going to be shifting more and more to using that for my second daily workout. That might sound like a lot. But for us, that's scaled back quite a bit. During the first trimester, if I had to put it into mileage, I'd say I was running about 50 miles a week. The fifth month I probably was back up to 75 to 80 miles per week. Now I'm shifting toward running for time and not worrying about mileage. Now it's just more about getting up and running.
PR: I've scaled back mileage-wise about 50 percent. I'm not even adding it up. In terms of intensity, it's hugely scaled back. I'm doing maybe one rep session on the AlterG once a week and then something on the track, but really short, like 150, 200, or 300 meters. I'm not trying to hit times; I'm trying to just run and feel good.
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How has your pace changed?
KG: It's hard to tell what our pace is. The last time I did a hard session on the AlterG, I put the weight at 128 pounds (which is still more than I would normally weigh), but I was still able to do a six-mile tempo at 4:55 pace, and it felt so great. The next day when I ran outside, I was running only 7:30s, and that felt really hard. But there are days when I can run under 7:00. It's not this steady decline -- I still have great days, but then I also have these amazingly awful days. There's no control over it.
PR: To be honest, it just doesn't matter. I've got no idea about pace.
Are you running by feel?
KG: Yeah, I don't use a heart-rate monitor. I feel like I'm pretty much doing what I can do. I haven't ever gotten to a point where I'm gasping for breath. Paula has more experience with heart rate.
PR: The first pregnancy, I didn't do anything without the heart-rate monitor. I had the beep set to go if I went over a certain amount. I was really focused on that, but this time around I'm more relaxed. Sometimes I will just go out for a run and I can gauge by my breathing whether I'm working too hard, whether I need to back off. But I still wear the monitor if I'm on the treadmill or the track.
Are you enjoying the pressure-free training?